Lemercier Papers

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleLemercier Papers
Archive ReferenceIE DuNL MS/ 8,751
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/lemercier-papers
Creation Dates1910-1925
Extent Medium380 items


Creator(s): Lemercier, Eugène Emmanuel, 1886-1915 Lemercier, Marguerite, 1859-ca.1930

  • Administrative History ↴

    A French painter and soldier, Eugène Lemercier was the grandson of Irish portrait painter Harriet Osborne O’Hagan. Aged fifteen, he began his training as a painter at the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1906, his studies were interrupted by a years' compulsory military service. A painter of some renown, Lemercier won several prizes for his work that includes ‘La Contemplation’. With the outbreak of war in August 1914, Lemercier was drafted in to the French Army. He is best known for the correspondence to his mother between August 1914 and his disappearance during the Battle of Les Éparges in April 1915.
  • Archival History ↴

  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Lemercier, Eugène Emmanuel, 1886-1915 Lemercier, Marguerite, 1859-ca.1930 ↴

    The Eugène Lemercier Papers is a collection of correspondence and other material that largely relates to Lemercier’s wartime experience. There are 263 letters and postcards written from the front line, mainly from Lemercier to his mother Marguerite. The collection also includes correspondence to Marguerite Lemercier concerning her son’s letters and artwork, as well as two of Eugène Lemercier’s journals and photographs.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows: I. Eugène Lemercier Correspondence II. Marguerite Lemercier Correspondence III. Eugène Lemercier Diaries IV. Photographs V. Lemercier Miscellanea

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionReproduction rights owned by National Library of Ireland.
Creation Dates1910-1925
Extent Medium380 items
Material Language ScriptFrench
Finding Aids An item level catalogue is available online. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

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Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteFiona Hughes
Rules/ConventionsNLI guidelines based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000 and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Date of Descriptions41944